Jury out in Texas torture suspect's trial

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 21 at 11:31 PM

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Jurors have started deliberating in the trial of a North Texas man accused of abducting his former neighbor and raping her on a deer-skinning device.

Jeffrey Allan Maxwell is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

During closing statements Tuesday, prosecutors said Maxwell's actions were unspeakable. They say DNA evidence supports the woman's testimony about how Maxwell sexually assaulted her at his Corsicana home, 50 miles south of Dallas. Prosecutors say Maxwell, in recorded interviews with authorities, also gave details about the assaults and kidnapping 12 days earlier.

But defense attorneys urged jurors to disregard whips, blood-stained sheets and other evidence. They say authorities took pictures of the items in Maxwell's home before obtaining a search warrant.

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